Drive – Audi S5 Sportback Review

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and refined performance

Excellent auto

Capable road

Unique hatch body practical

Emphasis on quality

Gluggy steering

Tight space

Should have a rear-view camera at this

Audi’s A5 range already a lot of ground, from coupe and to the Sportback crossover hatch all with the full gamut of choices. But the German manufacturer has room in its niche line-up for one

It’s the new S5 Sportback, which, in the five-door Sportback body the supercharged V6 from the S5 Convertible, to satisfy drivers who want a sports coupe experience compromising on practicality.


Price and equipment

for the S5 Sportback start from (plus on-road and dealer That’s way more than a BMW M Sport sedan but roughly in with the more manic IS F. It’s also cheaper an S5 coupe (a less practical with a more powerful

It’s competitively appointed, tri-zone climate control, Bluetooth, voice control, entry and start, powered sports seats, 18-inch and a CD/DVD sound system full media connectivity. You have to fork out, if you want a sunroof, heated or any of the many other comfort

The top Sportback gets eight stability control and parking The A4 model it’s based on five stars in NCAP tests. Having to pay extra for a camera, though, is a bit rich it’s standard on other coupes.

Adaptive cruise high-beam assist and a blind-spot system are also options.

the bonnet

The S5 Sportback’s 245kW 3.0-litre V6 delivers a surging, supply of power across the breadth of its rev range. It’s quick, yet commendably flexible and (effortless, even) when all you to do is get from A to B.

But the Audi lacks the to match its bite, with the wail a little too subtle to engage the senses.

The seven-speed dual-clutch automatic though, delivers super-quick, shifts.

Bountiful low-rev

also cancel out the occasional you get in smaller-engined products from the

stable. It’s not excessively either. While averages about the 13.0 litres per 100 mark around town, we 9.9 litres in a combination of urban and running, close to the official claim.

How it drives

The S5 dives bends with authority and flat and composed, while the all-wheel-drive system’s traction it impressively confidence-inspiring on slippery

Audi S5

However, the steering keeps the somewhat removed from the with its stodgy weighting and of feel.

The Audi can be optioned a trick new differential that varies drive between the wheels, improving the handling

You can also tick a box for switchable but the ride/handling compromise of the standard we sampled is balanced nicely. lumpy surfaces are transmitted the ride is not uncomfortable and settles to offer decent absorption on the road. Tyre noise it’s also quite

Comfort and practicality

The same cockpit-style layout confronts the as in other A5s, although trims, badging and very alcantara/leather sports seats add an sense of purpose.

The cabin’s quality, materials and are all but flawless but don’t expect to distinguish it from any other from the past decade.

there’s ample steering and adjustment, the media interface controls most major isn’t too hard to master and are plenty of cup and bottle-holders, 12-volt and useful storage spots.

the Sportback’s hatch reveals a 480-litre boot. It’s not deep and you only get a space-saver but it expands to a genuinely versatile 980 with the back seats This is a … sportster doesn’t stumble when to swallow bigger items, as bicycles.

The back seat as flash. Leg and toe space are decent and the doors over the coupe life easier for passengers but are only two rear seats and swooping roofline means space is tight.


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HOW MUCH? From $126,800 on-road and dealer costs 5.0-litre V8; 311kW/505Nm; 8-sp 11.4L/100km and 270g/km CO2; RWD Eight airbags; stability rear camera; front and parking sensors; five-star crash rating LIKES V8 engine, clever transmission; equipment levels. DISLIKES zest of competitors; bumpy seats could be sportier. OUR RATING: 3.5/5

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